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When Chance the Rapper isn’t in the studio, he serves as a spokesman for his city. The Chicago spitter pushes to stop the violence that is rampant in his city and increase opportunities for children. Last week, (Nov. 8) Chance showed up to a city council meeting to challenge the Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s $95 million proposal for a police academy, the Chicago Sun Times reports.
When he took the stand, instead of staying to hear what the 24-year-old rapper had to say, Mayor Emmanuel left the room allegedly to call his mother for her birthday.
“I guess the mayor had to step out when I came up,” he told the alderman. “But it’s cool. It’s cool. It’s cool because I’m here to talk to you.”
The Coloring Book rapper offered alternative ways to benefit the at-risk communities throughout Chitown.
““Schooling is my big thing,” he said to an alderman. “There’s a lot of ways to transform the city that don’t have anything to do with police training.”
Chano reportedly went on to discuss the need for building more schools and mental health clinics since Mayor Emmanuel closed a record number of both since he has been the mayor.
Chance also opposed allocating those monies to a police academy.
‘What are you doing? I’ve been asking for money for school for years and now you have $95 [million] for a cop academy?…We should understand that financially, this proposed plan doesn’t make sense. We don’t have $95 million. They’re just asking for $10 million today to purchase the land. He added, “But we don’t have the rest of the money to do it, so why let them go ahead with this right now? There’s a lot of different services that need to be funded.”
Despite his efforts, Chance’s cries went unheard. The council voted 48-1 to go forward with allocating the $10 million to pay for the vacant lot where the police academy will be built.